Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

2/26/09: Learning by Doing and Social Network Effects in Academic Hospitalists

Learning by Doing and Social Network Effects in a Multicenter Study of Academic Hospitalists

Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, February 26, 2009

8:00 AM
First Floor Lecture Hall, Forchheimer/Einstein

12:15 PM
Cherkasky Auditorium/Montefiore Medical Center


David O. Meltzer, MD, PhD
Chief, Section of Hospital Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Associated Faculty Member, Harris School of Public Policy Studies
University of Chicago

Dr. David Meltzer's research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and quality of care, especially in teaching hospitals. Dr. Meltzer is currently completing a randomized trial comparing the use of doctors who specialize in inpatient care ("hospitalists") with traditional physicians in six academic medical centers, and he is the Director of the AHRQ-funded Hospital Medicine and Economics Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERT) at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Meltzer received his MD and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago, and completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In addition to being Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago, he is Director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, and also directs the Program on Outcomes Research Training and the MD/PhD program in the social sciences.

Dr. Meltzer is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Economics, the University of Chicago Searle Fellowship, the Lee Lusted Prize of the Society for Medical Decision-Making, the Health Care Research Award of the National Institute for Health-Care Management, the John M. Olin Faculty Fellowship, and the Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician and Investigator. Awards. He is a faculty research fellow for the National Bureau of Economic Research, an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. He has served on panels examining the future of Medicare for the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and U.S. organ allocation policy for the Institute of Medicine (IOM). He recently served on an IOM panel examining the effectiveness of the U.S. drug safety system, and currently serves on the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2020, which aims to establish health objectives for the U.S. population.

Medical Grand Rounds this week is sponsored by the Division of General Internal Medicine.


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